The Sixth Global Forum on Combating Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 6, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder will lead the U.S. delegation to the Sixth Global Forum on Combating Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity, to be held November 7 – 8 in Doha, Qatar. The Attorney General will provide keynote remarks at Global Forum's opening plenary session.

The United States is committed to engaging with other countries on preventing and combating corruption. The United States joined more than 130 other countries in negotiating the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which concluded in October 2003. Since that time, the United States and 141 other nations have become parties to this comprehensive Convention. The United States is also a leader in the area of enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. In the last fiscal year the United States contributed hundreds of millions of dollars for anti-corruption and governance assistance on the global level.

The Global Forum series was launched by the United States in 1999. This, the Sixth Global Forum, will discuss good practices and innovative approaches to international cooperation in anticorruption enforcement and ongoing efforts to establish effective asset recovery regimes. Prevention of corruption, transparency, and sound public procurement will be additional areas of discussion. Officials and experts will also take up protection of the independence and effectiveness of anticorruption authorities and the role of civil society and the private sector.

The 3rd Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will take place immediately following the Global Forum.

PRN: 2009/1109